American Empire?

US Government and Politics

In how many countries are U.S. troops present?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprised are you by this information?

  3. How surprising do you think this information would be to the average American?

  4. What is one reason the U.S. has a military presence in so much of the world?

  5. What is one consequence of the U.S. having a military presence in so much of the world?

  6. Which of the countries where the US has a military presence was most surprising to you?

  7. What would be a good title for this map?

  8. What do you think this map would have looked like 116 years ago?

  9. How do you think this map will look different in 20 years?

  10. In the comments section, explain whether you believe this is good news or bad news?

  11. Who are some members of the U.S. government who make decisions about levels of troop deployment?

  12. Imagine you objected to this level of U.S. Involvement. Describe the most politically efficacious step A U.S. Citizen could take to change this:

Action Extension

Post a copy of this map on social media or show a copy of this map to five of your friends. Ask them to share their reaction with you and then share highlights or an overview of their reactions with your president.

Learning Extension

Read this interesting article about the American Empire.

Visual Extension

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World's Biggest Companies

What is the world's biggest company by market cap (total financial value)?

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  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What surprised you about this list?

  3. Which of the top 5 companies do you use/visit?

  4. Which of the top 5 companies have you never heard of?

  5. What questions do you have?

  6. How many of the top 5 companies are American (hint: look at the names)?

  7. Would it be more accurate to describe this chart as business globalization or business Americanization?

  8. What kind of businesses are the most powerful companies (manufacturing, tech, financial, energy)?

  9. If you wanted to advise someone how to get rich. What would you tell them to sell?

  10. The Market cap (financial value) of Facebook is greater than the GDP (financial value) of Finland. Share your thoughts about the relative power of corporations in the comments section below:

Learning Extension

Learn more about the world's most valuable businesses in this PWC report.

Action Extension

Ask ten people to name the world's ten biggest companies and share the results in class or on social media.

Bonus Visual from 2012*

As of 2012

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The World's Population

What will the world's population be in 2050?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprised are you by this information?

  3. What is one big trend you see in this data?

  4. What is one cause of this trend?

  5. What is one consequence of the trend?

  6. How will this affect the US and its power in the world?

  7. Will this trend affect you personally? (for instance, how might it affect where you might live, work, travel, or marry?)

  8. What is one question you have about this?

  9. By 2050, Africa will have the same population as the Europe, Oceania, North America, Latin America & The Caribbean combined. How do you imagine that will change the power dynamic of the entire world?

  10. In the COMMENTS section describe what you think the world will be like in 2050:


Learning Extension

Read this U.N. report on world population projections for 2050.


Action Extension

Contact the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and find out what what they are doing about the global population expansion.


Bonus Chart

Global Language

What is the world's most commonly spoken language?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What was most surprising about this information?

  3. Would you say there is such thing as a global language?

  4. Is this infographic good news or bad news?

  5. What does globalization have to do with this infographic?

  6. How many languages do you speak?

  7. Just 500 years ago, less than 5 million people spoke English. Why has that number grown so much?

  8. How do you think the globalization of language and spread of English has affected your life?

  9. One entire language is lost every 14 days. What do you think globalization has to do with this?

  10. If you could learn only one other language, explain which you would choose in the comments section:


Learning Extension

By the end of the century, nearly half the world's languages are predicted to become extinct. Explore this fantastic National Geographic interactive website on disappearing languages.


Action Extension

Learn one of the languages the world is predicted to lose in the next century.

World's Deadliest Animal

What is the world's deadliest animal?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What surprised you about this infographic?

  3. Write down two questions this infographic raises for you:

  4. Boil down the essence of this infographic into a 140 character statement (Tweet):

  5. Are you scared of mosquitoes?

  6. Which of the animals on the chart are you most scared of?

  7. How rational is your fear?

  8. What exactly do mosquitoes do that makes them so deadly?

  9. In the comments section write your reaction to the fact that every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria -  a disease that can be prevented for a child for 5 years for only $10.


Action Extension

Learn: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Malaria Strategy and then take one action at: Malaria No More